“Chicago Med” will keep on saving lives for several more hours this season.

NBC has ordered five more episodes of the freshman show, which has been a solid performer out of the gate. It’s averaging a 2.03 same-day rating in adults 18-49 through its first four episodes.

The five-episode order brings its total to 18 for the season. That’s short of the standard 22, but that likely reflects “Chicago Med’s” late start — it premiered Nov. 17 — more than anything else. It’s NBC’s second highest-rated new show of the fall, behind “Blindspot,” and has started better than either of its “Chicago” brethren, “Fire” and “PD.”

It will also likely be pre-empted a couple of times in February and March when “The Voice” kicks off its new cycle. That show typically runs two-hour episodes on both Mondays and Tuesdays for the first couple of weeks.

“Chicago Med” is off next week for “The Voice” finale and will be in repeats the last two weeks of December. It returns with new episodes on Jan. 5.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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